Monday, January 16, 2012

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Proves That Magical Girls Still Rock

Anime series with magical girls theme surely has been around for as long as we could remember. Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Akazukin Chacha, Fancy Lala, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, Magic Knight Rayearth and My-HiME are just some of the infamous series belonging to the magical girl genre animes. For the new generation anime fans, well, guess what? Some of these anime series have been watched by the anime public for more than a decade ago but is still known today. Let us give Sailor Moon as an undeniable example. If you have been born in the early 90s, I'm sure you are familiar with the Sailor Moon series. It has been on television from 1991 to 1997. Imagine how long that is. You're right!!! The series was running for 6 years or approximately 6 years.

And now, an addition to the popular genre of magical girls has been created. Have you heard of Puella Magi Madoka Magica? Well, I guess you do people. If you have finished watching the series then I should say you're lucky. And if you just heard about it but still haven't watched it, pity you. You just missed the biggest part of your life. LOL, I was just kidding. But seriously, you should be watching the series or if not, try putting it in your list of anime series to watch out for.

Kyoko Sakura, Sayaka Miki, Madoka Kaname, Mami Tomoe and Akemi Homura (The Characters)

Forgive me but I don't mean to exaggerate my fondness to the series. It's just that I want to share the Madoka Magica experience by letting you know how good the series is. If you are still not interested, then at least let me give a synopsis. You don't have to continue reading but it won't hurt to give it a try, right?
The story of Puella Magi Madoka Magica revolves around the world of magical girls(also called puella magis). Creatures called Familiars who have the power to grant one girl's wish, have come to Earth from outer space. Kyubey, a familiar, have one day approached school girls Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki and told them about it's ability to grant their respective wishes. On the other hand, another magical girl mysteriously transferred to Madoka's school and started persuading her that she shouldn't be doing any deal with Kyubey. Kyubey was doing his share of persuading Madoka by saying that she would become the most powerful puella magi. Little did Madoka know that in contrary to what Kyubey was saying about how amazing a puella magi's life, there are still a lot of things she doesn't know about puella magis and Kyubey's real intention for persuading her. Puella magis are faced with a life smelling of death, misfortune and grief while fulfilling their mission in killing witches.
Probably, you're already considering getting interested in the series. If still not, just hear these comments I have regarding Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
Plot-wise, I think this series has really made a great job in making a unique story. Most anime series with magical girls genre seem to be easily stereotyped by the audience. Most plots would include a magical girl being the chosen one and is bound to fulfill a mission or in special cases, her destiny. However, Madoka Magica have invested in a unique storyline wherein the magical girls have a common goal (which is to defeat witches) but each has distinct purposes. In addition to that, I believe that the series' storyline doesn't revolve mainly on Madoka's fulfillment of her destiny but rather on the friendship that she has with other puella magis. If you already watched the series, then you know what I mean considering Akemi Homura's real wish when she became a puella magi.
 Also, the problem with anime series with only 12 episodes is that they tend to leave the audience hanging. Such problem usually come when there are a lot of things going on in the series but are sometimes delimited by the number of episodes that it will be shown. In exception to that, Madoka Magica has made a good run on that category. Amazingly, each episode would satisfy you with a mix of good humor and distinct fight scenes and apparently leaving you so excited for the next episodes to come. I believe that the story is fast enough to let you absorb everything that is happening. But is slow enough to let you enjoy each scene. Thus, Madoka Magica absolutely nailed this category again.
Who says the series is all to melodramatic? Well, at some scenes, it has that tendency. But generally, it's what the story is all about. Definitely, you don't have to wonder. You wonder if it's not even related to the story. Actually, I find the series even more appealing since it has created a good mix of contrasting melodrama and intense scenes.</span>


  1. I also highly recommend Puella Magi Madoka Magica. I'm debating on whether or not to pick up the limited edition volume 1 US release next month. I do know I want to own the series on DVD with sub/dub though, as it was definitely one of the most impressive shows of last year. I actually just restarted watching the series last night, having completed it during it's original run, so that I could give it a review soon myself.

  2. hey, nice yo see you up and blogging but I strongly suggest that you change your font.. its extremely hard on the eyes

    1. sorry for the late reply dude...thanks for the comment by the way...there you go...I already have it change... :)

  3. My-HiME and MKR being infamou, eh? I can understand MH but MKR (The 1st season anyway) is one of my favorite Mahou Shoujo anime of all time.

    As for Madoka, I've praised her show so many times last year I don't know how else to do so. The dark+Mahou Shoujo combo, the "Mami" moment, MadoHomu being a canon couple, the unique take on the Mahou Shoujo series, I don't know what else to say I haven't already said so many times.
    In short, I can't wait for the 3rd movie to come out. Sure the 1st two movies are also worth watching but they're recaps. I'll obviously be watching them when they're subbed but the 3rd movie is what I'm really looking forward to.
    Great review dood.

    1. thanks dude...i am actually looking forward to the 3rd movie too... :)